Using thin film to trap solar energy less expensive': Dilip Joshi
VADODARA: When experts from several countries converge at an international conference on ‘energy storage and harvesting' in Germany at the end of this month, an engineer from the city will be the only Indian to attend it.
Dilip Joshi, who is a superintendent engineer in GETCO, will attend the two-day conference starting on May 26, meant exclusively for people who want to encourage the use of renewable energy.
Joshi got the invite as he had presented two papers during the Photovoltaic World Conference organised by Renewable Energy World Council in USA earlier this year. "I was the only Indian who attended and presented two papers on how solar energy can be stored by using substitute material that costs much less. Over 4,000 participants attended the conference. I had sent three papers of which two got selected," Joshi told TOI.
He got good response from the organisers who have now invited him to attend yet another international conference. "I have been studying the subject of solar energy and how to reduce manufacturing cost of solar equipment. I had suggested on using a thin film, which is cheaper than the currently-used silicon, for trapping solar energy and storing it in large quantity. The film will work even in diffused sunlight and it gets solar energy through heat instead of light," Joshi said.
Joshi, in fact, even impressed investors from some countries who are now interested in setting up solar energy plants in Gujarat. "My concept was liked by representatives from some countries who are interested in investing in Gujarat. Two investors are planning to visit the state in next couple of months," Joshi added.
However, despite his good work in the non-conventional energy area, the state government hasn't done anything to support him. "I spend money from my pocket for attending these conferences. It would be good if the government helps me so that I can do more research and represent my country," Joshi said.